C.W. Avery Family YMCA

  • Ho Ho Ho…Hold Your Weight

    Holiday Weight Maintenance Challenge Starting November 13

    Our 8-week Holiday Weight Maintenance Challenge will help you get in shape and keep the weight off this holiday season. We have a great plan to help you adopt healthy eating and exercise habits while saying ‘No’ to those tempting holiday cravings.

    Are you up for the challenge?
    If you can maintain your weight within 2 pounds for 8 weeks, you will receive your money back in the form of a YMCA voucher that can be used towards any fitness program including personal training. If you gain more than 2 pounds during this 8-week challenge, your $20 fee will be donated in your name to the Y’s Annual Campaign.

    As part of this fun-filled Holiday Weight Maintenance Challenge, you will receive:

    • A one-of-a-kind YMCA Holiday Weight Maintenance Challenge T-shirt
    • Three weigh-ins: Weeks 1 and 8 (mandatory) and Week 4 (optional)
    • Weekly emails with workout tips, healthy holiday recipes and special fitness challenges, designed specifically for our Weight Loss Challenge participants

    Let’s have a little fun this holiday season. Together, we will help you celebrate the holiday season happy and healthy!

    Cost: $20

    Register Online

  • Youth Basketball Leagues Forming Now

    YBL JolietWhen kids play sports, they do more than just exercise. Besides being physically active, they develop higher self-esteem, perform better in school and work better in groups.

    Our Youth Basketball Program teaches kids the fundamentals of the game while emphasizing the importance of teamwork. Above all, kids who play YMCA basketball have a lot of fun!

    • Open to youth in preschool through Grade 12
    • Early Bird Pricing available
    • Includes FREE preseason clinics

    Learn More

  • Fab 50 Adventure: Walnut Room and Water Tower Place

    Tuesday, November 14

    For our next Fab 50 Adventure, we’re spending an afternoon in Downtown Chicago to shop at two of the most iconic holiday shopping locations around. First, we will stop for lunch at the Walnut Room. Located within Macy’s, the Walnut Room is the first restaurant to open in a department store. After shopping at Macy’s, we will head to Water Tower Place, a one-of-a-kind mall on the Magnificent Mile with more than 100 stores.

    Rate (includes lunch, gratuity and transportation)
    $65 per person

    Registration Deadline
    Monday, November 6

    Register Now

  • Let Your Talents Shine


    Holiday Card Design Contest

    Open to Y Members, ages 6-12, our Holiday Card Design Contest is the perfect opportunity for kids to let their artistic talents shine and help spread a little cheer this upcoming holiday season.

    Here’s how to enter:

    1. Download an entry form and print it out. Entry forms are also available at the Y’s Front Desk.

    2. Grab some crayons, markers and colored pencils and draw a picture that depicts your favorite things about the holidays and the winter season. From snowmen to Christmas trees, to candy canes and snowflakes, we can’t wait to see your original designs!

    3. Complete the entry form and drop it off at the Y.

    We will select our three favorite designs—one from each age group—to be featured on the Y’s holiday card.

    Age Groups

    • Ages 6-7
    • Ages 8-9
    • Ages 10-12

    Each of our winners will receive a YMCA Sweatshirt and other exciting prizes.

    Download Entry Form

    The deadline to enter is Friday, October 27.

  • Phase 2 of Expansion Now Underway

    Phase 2 of the C.W. Avery Family YMCA renovation project, which includes the expansion of the Wellness Center, is now underway. In addition to significantly increasing the square-footage of the Wellness Center, the Y will be adding new group exercise space and increasing the number of cardio and strength machines available to members. This new space will provide health seekers with limitless opportunities to train smarter and more effectively.

    In anticipation of this work, construction fencing will be installed around the perimeter of the building beginning on Monday, October 2. This phase of the expansion project will also necessitate the closure of spaces in the old section of the parking lot. These spaces will be unavailable beginning on Sunday, October 1 and will be enclosed within construction fencing by mid-week. To ensure members can easily access the building, a temporary walkway will also be installed and clearly marked early in the week.

    To ensure the safety of all members and guests, we ask that you please slow down and use caution when entering the parking lot. As a reminder, overflow parking will be available at Ira Jones Middle School when school is not in session.

    Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation during our renovation period.

    Related: Expansion Headquarters

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